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Will Jerry Sloan replace Mike Brown as Lakers coach?

Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has been linked to the Lakers. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

A look at the Lakers' rough start to the 2012-13 season by Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy includes a prediction that coach Mike Brown will be fired within a month and possibly replaced by veteran Jerry Sloan.

Many within NBA circles believe it’s only a matter of time before Brown is fired. Jerry Sloan and Mike D’Antoni are two names that have surfaced as possible replacements for Brown.

“Jerry Sloan to L.A. by December 1,” one league source predicted. “Nash and Howard are the new Stockton and Malone. He wants a ring, not to mention the money. He didn’t seriously consider Orlando, Charlotte or Portland [openings] over the summer because he knew Los Angeles would open up.”

The Lakers' 0-3 start has included an offense struggling to adapt to a Princeton style system that's added to the criticism of Brown and doubts as to his future with the team.

Kobe Bryant has stressed for Lakers fans to be patient as the team learns the new offense. It remains to be seen just how patient the Buss family will be with Brown at the helm of a bulked up roster that includes Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

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